The world’s fastest and most powerful supercomputers are capable of doing many things, but increasingly the world of high performance computing (HPC) is leaning in on artificial intelligence (AI).
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At the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) 2022, which ran from May 29 to June 2 in Hamburg, Germany, vendors announced new hardware and software systems for the world’s fastest supercomputers.
Among the big announcements, AMD revealed that its silicon now powers the most powerful supercomputer ever built with the Frontier system, which is being built by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and will be deployed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Not to be outdone, Intel announced its silicon efforts that will enable future HPC systems, including the Sapphire Rapids CPU and upcoming Rialto Bridge GPU technologies.
Nvidia used ISC 2022 as the venue to announce that its Grace Hopper superchip will be powering the Venado supercomputer at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Nvidia also detailed multiple case studies of how its HPC innovations are being used to help enable AI for nuclear fusion and brain health research. HPC is not just about the world’s fastest supercomputers either. Linux vendor Red Hat announced that it is working with the U.S. Department of Energy to help bridge the gap between cloud environments and HPC.
In terms of the intersection of HPC and artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML), it’s an area that the ISC conference is likely to continue to highlight for years to come.
“Obviously AI/ML will continue to play an expanded role in HPC, but not all AI/ML is HPC or even HPC relevant,” John Shalf, program chair for ISC, told VentureBeat.”We really want to drill down on the AI/ML applications and implementations that directly impact science and engineering applications in both industry and academia.”[…]
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